Pros & Cons – Pit Boss Portable Battery Pellet Grill

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Shouldn’t all portable pellet grills/smokers be battery-powered? Well, we are now starting to see several pellet grills/smokers come onto the market with battery power, such as this Pit Boss portable model. However, in doing so, it does create its own Pros & Cons…

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As this Pit Boss portable/tabletop pellet grill/smoker has its own built-in battery, it does provide obvious benefits, the first being you don’t need a separate source of power from a vehicle’s battery, etc.

There are obvious benefits to a battery powered pellet grill such as this Pit Boss model.
The battery on this Pit Boss model easily slides in and out under where the controller is located

Pit Boss states a fully charged battery will provide up 15 hours of run time, which should meet most people’s needs, and it’s nice to be able to use a pellet grill/smoker wire-free.

So this battery model is essentially the same as other models, such as the Pit Boss Pit Stop, the only difference being this model has a battery fitted to it.

As you can see from our database, the typical price of the Pit Boss Pit Stop is around $230. So what does this battery model typically cost? Well, its twice that figure, at $500!?

I think the price point of this Pit Boss battery model is very, very high.
At just under 500 dollars, I do not think this Pit Boss Battery Portable Pellet Grill is good value

So, let’s say you purchased the Pit Boss Pit Stop tabletop pellet grill instead and still had $250 in your pocket. Well guess what, you can get a pretty good camping/portable battery bank for that money.

As such, you would have a battery bank that could not only run the Pit Stop tabletop pellet grill, it could charge your phone, run lights etc. Hence, I don’t think the battery pellet grill is a good value.

What this Pit Boss battery tabletop pellet grill does have is a flame broiler, just like all the other Pit Boss tabletop models it shares it’s design with.

The flame  broiler on this Pit Boss battery tabletop pellet grill is a good feature to have.
A flame broiler is a good feature to have on any portable tabletop pellet grill

In most cases, those who own a tabletop pellet grill will be using it for steaks, burgers, and hot dogs. Hence, the type of food where a flame broiler can come in handy to get the best results.

The controller on this Pit Boss Battery Portable Pellet Grill uses temperature control technology, which Pit Boss has been fitting to their products for many years at this point.

The controller fitted to this Pit Boss battery tabletop model is nothing special.
The controller is based on pretty old temperature control technology

It’s not a ‘bad’ controller, but again, it’s the same controller fitted to the Pit Stop tabletop model, which costs half as much as this battery tabletop model.

Pit Boss, on its other products, offers much more modern temperature control technology. Which I think should be used on a tabletop model when it costs just under 500 dollars.

Compare an electric car to an internal combustion engine car of the same size. The EV will weigh a lot more due to the weight of the battery. However, that’s not really the case here.

This Pit Boss tabletop pellet grill/smoker is still relatively lightweight, despite the battery.
This Pit Boss battery tabletop pellet grill/smoker is still lightweight at under 50 lbs

The Pit Boss Pit Stop (no battery) weighs 43 lbs, and this battery model weighs 48 lbs. Hence, the battery only adds around 5 lbs to the weight of the pellet grill, which is not a lot.

So as I’ve said above, I think this is an expensive pellet grill that doesn’t offer great value. Well, let’s say you want a spare battery, or the battery needs to be replaced in a couple of years. At what cost?

The battery on this portable pellet grill is also not good value.
An additional/replacement battery will set you back $170!

So, if you purchased this battery pellet grill with a spare battery, the total cost would be $670!

And the problem is, its a proprietary battery. It’s not a standard battery pack used in other appliances at this point.

My Final Thoughts On The Pit Boss Portable Battery Pellet Grill

I’m fine with the principle of a battery-powered pellet grill/smoker. Its obviously a good idea. It just depends on how that idea is applied.

Running a pellet grill/smoker off a camping battery bank/power station, sure, makes a lot of sense. Purchasing a pellet grill with its own propriety battery at silly battery prices, not so much.

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